Title: LOS GUSANOS - Scarce Fine Copy of The First ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: HarperCollins Publishers, 1991
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. 473 pages. Published in 1991. The filmmaker/author's third novel. Now considered a contemporary cult classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents John Sayles' "Los Gusanos". His moving narrative of Cuba and Cuba in America. "Brilliantly structured, offering a wide panorama of time and place, of political events and personal emotion, filled with passion, violence, sex, and history, a rare combination of literary fiction and visceral storytelling" (Publisher's blurb). Fidel Castro called the Cubans who fled to the United States "gusanos" ("worms"). Hence the title. John Sayles enjoys a devoted cult following as one of the pioneering independent ("indie") American filmmakers. He has written and directed at least two cinematic masterpieces, "The Return of the Secaucus 7" and "Matewan", and several near-great to great films: "Lone Star", "Passion Fish", "Eight Men Out", and "The Secret of Roan Inish", a body of work that is one of the most important and influential in our time. Less well-known is the fact that when called-for, he has also written the commercially successful blockbuster: His "Night Skies" was the basis for "E. T. , The Extraterrestrial" (Steven Spielberg's best film). He wrote the screenplays for such pop culture touchstones as "Jurassic Park" and "The Spiderwick Chronicles", and directed Bruce Springsteen's music videos. "Los Gusanos" deserves the wider recognition he has received as a film master. An absolute "must-have" title for John Sayles collectors. This copy is very prominently and beautifully signed in black pen on the title page by John Sayles. It is signed directly on the page itself, not a tipped-in page or a bookplate. This title is now collectible. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. A scarce signed copy thus. One of the greatest American filmmaker/writers of our time. A fine copy. ISBN 0060166533. Bookseller Inventory # 14283
Synopsis: Award-winning writer John Sayles's critically acclaimed novel explores fifty years of Cuban-American relations. Set in Miami in 1981, Los Gusanos is the vivid and moving account of one extended family's life in Cuba and the United States. With pathos and understanding, Sayles introduces us to a memorable range of characters—young, old, black, and white—all of whom are struggling to make a new life in their adopted country while haunted by the memories of Cuba. Taking as its title the derogatory term Castro used to describe those who fled to Miami after he came to power, Los Gusanos is beautifully rendered; a deterministic study of who will be the casualty and who the survivor in a time of political upheaval.
Product Description: Set in contemporary Miami, this is a portrait of the contemporary Cuban community. The novel is peopled with every variety of Cuban exile, the hustlers, the wheeler-dealers, the cynics, the demoralized, the politicized, the dreamers and the drug barons.
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